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UPDATED: Cantina Mexicana Expanding to Columbia Pike

by ARLnow.com October 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm 5,189 12 Comments


Update at 4:15 p.m. — Co-owner Gloria Arias tells ARLnow.com that the restaurant will have the same menu as the Crystal City location. She’s hoping to open the new restaurant in November.

Crystal City Tex-Mex restaurant Cantina Mexicana is expanding with a second location in Arlington.

The restaurant is expanding from its Crystal City location at 515 23rd Street S. to the former Senor Pan location at 922 S. Walter Reed Drive, just off of Columbia Pike. No word yet on when the new restaurant is hoping to open. Cantina Mexicana’s menu includes traditional Tex-Mex favorites like fajitas, huevos rancheros, chimichangas and enchiladas.

Senor Pan, a bakery and cafe, closed in July after just six months in business.

  • Jimbo

    Direct competition with Abi’s. Let’s hope they can both survive.

    • karenaspires

      No way. Abi’s is a staple. Only fear is if locals are priced out and yuppies move in–who will invariably prefer “nice” to ” good”.

  • Not Me

    This actually may be a good thing!

    Abi is cool, but the service is not as cool and the food has been hit or miss the past couple times I’ve gone.

  • SamW

    Saw this the other night! Excited to have them on the Pike. Much better food than Taquiera Poblano, IMO.

  • Dezlboy

    Cantina Mexicana will need to put signage at Columbia Pike to alert people that the restaurant is half block down. Not being directly on the pike and no signage hurt Senor Pan.

    • jaynon

      No, what hurt SP was outrageous pricing and inept staff.

      • Tabby_TwoTone

        Very inept, sorry to say.
        Their chorizo smelled great from the bus stop.

      • Arl2

        lack of parking killed them

  • Jason Kaufman

    Having lived a few blocks from both of these places, Abi’s food is far superior, but Cantina Mexicana (formerly the Taco House), does have better service. I like Abi’s chips better, but Cantina’s salsa.
    And if it’s cheap drinks you want, Abi is your place.

  • theartguy

    Lived in CC for several years and Cantina Mexicana was one of my regular places. I love it. It will be great to walk there for dinner and margies then stumble home. Just like old times. I can’t wait.

  • Sally

    This is the best news I have gotten all year. Finally a place that will not go out of business as soon as it opens. We will be there!!

  • wickedrr

    Have been going to Cantina Mexicana (formerly The Taco House) for almost 30 years, it is one of my favorite place and the salsa is number two to Santa Fe Cafe! Can’t wait!


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